What should you expect when attending a BaconCamp? Here are a few tips:
Pre-register on the wiki if you’re bringing a dish. There’s a signup page for your local event. Please put your name and the dish you’ll be bringing on the form, to give coordinators an idea as to how many people are coming.
Bring a laptop – It’s great for showing off that program you mentioned in your session. Plus, there are many hotspots provided, and plenty of downtime to browse around and look into everything you’ve learned.
Come early, but not too early – Showing up at the announced starting time will be fine. Show up earlier, and you’ll get drafted for setup work (much appreciated!). Show up later, and you’ll miss some social activity and your T-shirt. Remember, judging for dishes starts 1 hour after the event has begun!
Be ready to participate – come with a dish, be ready to eat and vote on dishes, be ready to lead a session about bacon. You don’t have to be an expert at your session topic; as long as it’s not too specific, there’ll probably be someone else present who can help you out. You can also contribute to the conversation during a session. This is a great way to participate, since it spreads knowledge from everyone, instead of just the leader.
When you arrive, go to the pre-registration table, where you can claim your nametag (and sometimes T-shirt). If you have brought a dish, make sure to grab a numbered tag so judges know what they ate by whom.
Be ready to set aside a small plate for judges and generally prepare for a feeding frenzy. If possible, have your dish divided into bite-size portions, or be prepared to quickly dish out bite-size portions!
We start by gathering together in one space and going around the room to introduce ourselves with three tags to describe what we’re passionate about (or want to talk about – and it can’t just be bacon). If you’ve brought a dish, mention the three tags and a 1-minute summary of the dish you have brought, its inspiration, etc. There will also be some announcements. If you see a session you’re interested in, go to it.
After the judging and sessions are finished, please stick around to clean up. It’s generally as simple as throwing trash away and taking down signs, but all the help is appreciated.
If you brought wireless equipment or power strips, find a coordinator and ask where they’re most needed. Please set your wireless router to a unique SSID (e.g.- baconcamp_xxx), to avoid networking conflicts (nasty with a dozen routers in the same room named the same thing). Always choose one of channels 1, 6, or 11 to avoid interference between nearby channels (the coordinators may have a preferred choice to avoid interfering with neighbours too). Also, if you can, please lower the radio output of your router.